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Chipper Jones bats fifth for Braves in first start since July 25

Aug 6, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

Chipper Jones

Atlanta lost Jair Jurrjens to more knee problems, but at least Chipper Jones is back in the Braves’ starting lineup today for the first time since injuring his quadriceps on July 25.

Jones avoided the disabled list and made four appearances as a pinch-hitter, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout, but he’s playing third base and batting fifth against the Mets. Mark Bowman of notes that 2005 was the last time Jones batted as low as fifth in the order. And that only lasted a week.

Martin Prado and Brooks Conrad shared time at third base in Jones’ absence, so tonight Prado shifts back to the outfield and the slumping Jason Heyward is a healthy scratch while Jose Constanza starts over him in right field.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    In case you are wondering why Larry’s rehab stint in Rome only lasted 2 games, here is the rumored inside scoop. It is not widely known that Larry studied Latin in high school. When he was on his rehab stint in Rome he decided to impress the locals with his knowledge of Latin. Consequently, in a red neck bar he ordered a martinus. Don’t you mean a martini sneared the bartender. Larry replied “If I want two, I will order them.” Unsurprisingly, Larry was run out of town.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2011 at 7:48 AM

    For those of you who are all thumbs. In Latin, Martini is the plural of Martinus.

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